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Category Archive: BangShift Projects, FORD, Project Cars

The Dirty Cougar: Safety Is Our Number One Priority Around Here!

If you missed the last update on the Dirty Cougar project, click here to check it out! The 1987 Mercury Cougar LS dirt-cheap project is coming along nicely. The car was driving around a little bit...

The Dirty Cougar: The Real Adventures Have Begun – Break Out The Cleaning Gloves!

If you missed the last update on our 1987 Mercury Cougar LS known as the Dirty Cougar, click here! So we have a running, operable Aero Cat…nice! Even nicer, at the last update the total price...

The Dirty Cougar: Just A Little Bit Of Elbow Grease And The $400 Mercury Is Already Being Driven!

If you missed the first installment of the Dirty Cougar, Click Here! It’s been five days since we removed our latest bad idea, a $400 1987 Mercury Cougar LS, from a backyard in Evansville,...

The Dirty Cougar: The Beginning Of The Story Of Our $400 1987 Mercury Cougar!

This story starts off innocently enough: with the Cadillac limo on death row in a junkyard in Kentucky, there was a need for a replacement car to run at the King of the Heap winter racing series. And...

The 2019 BangShift Mid-West Project Car Assessment: Where Do We Stand Right Now?

Neither Christmas music by the truckload, nor New Year’s snacks, nor a cold that could level a bull moose on it’s best day will keep me down. It’s 2019, a brand new year, and as...

The Cadillac Limo: The King Of The Heap Adventure – Part Titanic, Part Exxon Valdez…

(Photos: Author, Mr. Gasket, Shamrock Chop Shop) Well, that didn’t quite go to plan. And I’m pretty sure I know why. I had to go and say nice things about the 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood...

The Cadillac Limo: The Final Look At It’s Disgraceful Magnificence Before It Hits The Track!

Well, it’s been a minute since you’ve heard anything about the 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Formal that I bought in the dead of night at the beginning of the year, and for good reason: not too...

Project Raven Imperial: IT’S ALIVE! The 367ci Small Block Wakes Up…Half A County.

Sunday morning in the fields outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky…frost melting back into dew, a deer cautiously grazing near a fencerow, birds that are trying to make last-minute efforts to...

Project Raven Imperial: The Last Piece To The Puzzle Is Always A Pain In The…

The formal name for the place I live at, far as anybody needs to know, is simply BangShift Mid-West. It is my house, my land, my domicile. Then there is the small shop right off to the side of the...

Project Raven Imperial: It’s Time To Feed The Raven!

The sun was shining, the weather was clear, and I was on a mission: the 1983 Imperial was going to get it’s 367ci small-block Chrysler engine shoved into the bay come hell or high water. Yeah,...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: The Second Sacrifice Has Arrived At The Shop!

No, that is not the Great Pumpkin Mustang. That is not the replacement for the Great Pumpkin Mustang. What you’re looking at is the latest thing to be dragged to BangShift Mid-West’s...

Project Raven Imperial: Engine, Wiring, And The First Bath In A Year!

When I got to work on the new engine for the Imperial at the beginning of the year, I had been hoping that I would be cruising around in the car by now. As you can plainly see, that hasn’t...

Project Angry Grandpa: The Hemi Shootout At The NMCA Bluegrass Nationals

At the end of last year, I made a decision: Project Angry Grandpa, our in-house 2006 Chrysler 300C, was going to take an off year after three solid years of use and abuse. With over 50,000...

Project Raven Imperial: WHY WON’T YOU WORK?! Fighting The Fuel Gauge Again…

Remember my first day on the job nearly four years ago, when I said that joining the BangShift crew might be the most questionable automotive decision I’ve ever made? Scratch that. I’ve...